ORCHARD PARK – The Miami Dolphins relief quarterback is sidelined after testing positive for COVID-19, this as the team prepares to fight for a playoff berth Sunday versus the Buffalo Bills.
Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick tested positive for the virus and will not play during Sunday’s game.
NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero and NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported the news on Thursday.
Pelissero reports the NFL conducted contact tracing following Fitzpatrick’s positive test and no other players were identified as high-risk close contacts, including starter Tua Tagovailoa.
Coach Brian Flores benched Tagovailoa in the fourth quarter last week, inserting Fitzpatrick, who jumpstarted a sullen offense, leading to a dramatic comeback win over the Las Vegas Raiders.
The FitzMagic-led victory put the Dolphins in a position for a win-and-in season finale.
Fitzpatrick played for the Bills from 2009-12.
Buffalo can clinch the number two seed in the AFC with a win on Sunday, or if the Steelers lose to the Browns.